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RaGa, Priyanka return to old bastion Amethi: Who’s winning UP?

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited his home bastion Amethi in the run up to Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2022. Addressing a rally in the poll-bound state, RaGa launched a scathing attack at PM Modi on his Varanasi visit, demonetisation, unemployment among many other issues.

RaGa said, “You are aware of the situation today. Unemployment and inflation are the biggest questions that neither the CM nor PM will answer. PM was taking a dip in Ganga a few days back but won’t talk about unemployment. I’ll tell you why the youth is deprived of employment. Middle-class people and the poor were badly affected by some of the decisions taken by the PM, which also resulted in large scale unemployment. Demonetization, wrongly implicated GST, no help during the Covid crisis are the major reasons for unemployment in India.”

Drawing comparison between a Hindutvawadi and a Hindu, he said, “A ‘Hindutvavadi’ bathes alone in Ganga, while a Hindu bathes with crores of people…Narendra Modi says he is a Hindu, but when did he protect truth?…He asked people to bang thalis to get rid of COVID…Hindu or Hindutvadi?”

Rahul had represented Amethi, a bastion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, for 15 years in Lok Sabha. He fought from two constituencies in 2019 and was defeated in Amethi but won from Wayanad in Kerala.

Following Rahul Gandhi’s visit, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be visiting Amethi on Sunday.

In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats.

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